Guide to Family-Friendly Golf Vacations in Northeast Florida

Check out these ideas for maximizing both golf time and family time on your next trip to North Florida, the ideal location to enjoy tee time and time with those you love. There is no reason to choose one or the other when you can have them both!

Family-Friendly Resorts in Northeast Florida

To get the most out of golf and family time in northeast Florida, first, you have to choose the right resort. Here are two family-friendly resort options with incredible golf options to boot.

TPC Sawgrass family-friendly golf course

1. Sawgrass Marriott Resort & Spa

While the Sawgrass Marriott Resort is the gateway to play the TPC at Sawgrass’s Stadium and Valley courses, it also offers family-friendly amenities to keep your little ones occupied while you enjoy your 18.

  • Family-friendly accommodations: You can reserve a room, suite, or villa suite depending on the size and needs of your family. 
  • A private beach club: The daily resort fee also includes access to the Cabana Beach Club, with access to 26 miles of private beach, pools, onsite watersports rentals, a beachfront fire pit, and much more.  
  • Kids’ activities: Families can also take advantage of the Mighty Oaks Kids Zone, an entertaining and creative play space designed for children ages 5 —12. 
  • Miniature golf: The whole family can practice their putting in this lovely, shaded space right on the Sawgrass property. 

aerial view of the golf course at Omni Amelia Island Resort

2. Omni Amelia Island Resort

Another great family-friendly golf resort in Northeast Florida is the Omni Amelia Island Resort, which offers supervised and age-specific recreational activities for children, teens, and young adults.

  • Family-friendly social activities: The Just for Families program runs from June to September, providing family-friendly afternoon activities and evening programs. The resort also offers movie nights, seasonal beach fires, games, and more. 
  • Gamers lounge: Kids (and adults who are kids at heart) will appreciate the gamers' lounge, where they can test their skills at foosball and air hockey and play some video games. 
  • Omni Kids Crew: The resort’s youngest guests will each receive a backpack filled with games and toys, including an activity book with stickers, crayons, card games, and a small tabletop game. Other Kids Crew offerings are milk and cookie deliveries to guest rooms on the first night and coloring menus at all the resort restaurants. 
  • Want to golf but don't want to commit to 18 holes or about the formality of the game? Little Sandy Short Course a new 10-hole track is on the property and is the perfect place for people who play or don't play! Its casual atmosphere and playability allows resort guests and members to play the ball in the air or roll it on the ground. They have music playing on every hole and you can rent a 'Sunday bag' for an affordable rate!

To see a full listing of accommodations options, please visit our Lodging Page.

Family-Friendly Golf Courses in Northeast Florida

Next, you have to choose the right golf course! But this could be a little overwhelming in Florida, which has more golf courses than almost any other golfing destination on the planet. To help you with this task, we have identified a few family-friendly golf courses in different areas of north Florida. 

1. Jacksonville & The Beaches

Jacksonville Beach Golf Club promotes junior golf by allowing junior golfers to play daily after 12 p.m. They also offer junior summer camps, check their site regularly for updated information. Close to the Jacksonville Beaches is the well kept Windsor Parke Golf Club. It is a great track to play with the family no matter the skill level.

2. St. Augustine & Ponte Vedra Beaches

The Yards Golf Club is a golf course that offers a 3/6/9/12 hole experience. Perfect for squeezing in a quick round if you are pressed on time. The St. Johns Golf and Country Club is a championship 18-hole course only minutes from St. Augustine. It offers a range of youth programs, including golf fundamentals, part-time academy, and an advanced academy. The club is also building out a new junior developmental program mixing the teaching of fundamentals with fun interactive games. Junior memberships for those 17 and under are only $79 per month and include:

  • Unlimited range access
  • Unlimited walking Monday through Thursday and after twilight Friday through Sunday
  • 20% off all golf merchandise and Grille Room beverages

St. John's Golf and Country Club on a sunny day

3. Palm Coast and Flagler Beaches 

The renowned Palm Harbor Golf Club hosts Junior Golf Clinics on Saturday mornings. Kids can learn and practice basic golf skills in these clinics. Clinics are a great start, but if you want kids to love golf, get them enrolled in a summer program or year-round junior membership! Getting kids involved in golf at a young age will set them up for a lifetime of confidence and success in the sport. 

Other Family-Friendly Activities in Northeast Florida

Beyond traditional golf, there are plenty of other family-friendly things to do in Northeast Florida. Check them out!

1. Topgolf Jacksonville

This sprawling entertainment venue offers fun golfing games and experiences for all ages plus great food and a fun, lively atmosphere. Topgolf games utilize Toptracer technology, so that players' shots are relayed back to a bay screen, showing the accuracy and distance of each ball. Fans of this technology will appreciate that several other courses on Florida's First Coast also use it: the Blue Sky Golf Club, Fernandina Beach Golf Club, and Fleming Island Golf Club. 

2. World Golf Hall of Fame

At the World Golf Hall of Fame, you can view historic artifacts, personal memorabilia from the Hall of Fame members, videos, photos, and interactive exhibitions.

3. Nature Hikes

Nature hikes are a fun and adventurous activity for your little explorers. Several trails are near golf courses throughout northeast Florida. Another great area for outdoor recreation is along the waterways and bike trails in Clay County.

4. Beach Time

Explore the beaches along Florida's First Coast: Amelia Island, Jacksonville, Clay County, Palm Coast and Flagler Beaches, and St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach. For more information about visiting Jacksonville beaches, click here

Horseback riding on the beach at sunset in northeast florida

5. First Coast Shopping

Florida is home to several shopping districts including the St. John's Town Center, the St. Augustine Premium Outlets, Nocatee Town Center and more. For all your golf needs, hit the PGA Tour Superstore